Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2 and Internet Tools


Posted: August 02, 2001  
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Download Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2 and Internet Tools. The newest version of Internet Explorer includes improved support for DHTML and CSS, which gives Web architects greater control over browser appearance and behavior. Enjoy the ability to preview Web pages exactly as they appear when printed. Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2 (SP2) makes it easier than ever to connect to the Internet and find the information you need. With Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2, you can use Connection Manager as your default dialer when Dial-Up Networking is already installed.

During installation, you can choose from a list of components that are designed to work with Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2. If you decide you want additional components after installation, return to the Product Updates catalog to download and install them.

Please note that you can install the Arabic or Hebrew version of this release only if you use the corresponding language version of Windows 98 or Windows 2000. The English version of this release should be used for installation on all other platforms (Windows 95, Windows NT4 and the English version of Windows 98).

Windows 2000 Users: Internet Explorer Setup for Windows 2000 does not allow you to customize the installation or use any advanced options in the Setup program. This behavior occurs because of the new Windows File Protection (WFP) feature in Windows 2000. For more information about this issue, read Microsoft KB Article Q257249.

Windows NT 4.0 SP6a Users: If you uninstall Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2, Internet Explorer, in some circumstances, might revert to version 2.0. For more information about this issue, read Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article Q305010.

If you are running Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT 4.0, installing Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 upgrades your computer to 128-bit encryption. If you are running Windows 2000 or Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), installing Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 will not change the current level of encryption on your computer.

Note: Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2 and Internet Tools is eligible for export from the U.S. to all customers worldwide, except to U.S. embargoed destinations. Information on exporting Microsoft products is available at

Anti-virus software users: Some anti-virus software programs may interfere with this download. Please disable anti-virus software while installing Internet Explorer.

For a list of issues that are fixed in Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2, read Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article Q303201.

System Requirements
To install Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 and Internet Tools, your computer must meet or exceed the following system requirements:

bulletA 486 with a 66 megahertz (MHz) processor (Pentium processor recommended)
bulletFor Windows 95 or Windows 98: 16 megabytes (MB) of random access memory (RAM) minimum
bulletFor Windows NT 4.0: 32 MB of RAM minimum, and you must be running Service Pack 3 or later
bulletFor Windows 2000: 64 MB of RAM minimum
bulletFor Windows Me: 32 MB of RAM minimum
bulletModem or Internet connection
bulletSome components may require additional system resources not outlined above.

Note: Total download size for a typical installation is approximately 17 megabytes (MB). However, because setup only downloads files that are necessary for your computer, the size may vary between 6 and 17 MB.

How to download and install
Select your language from the drop-down list above and click GO.

How to uninstall
Make sure Internet Explorer is not running.

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  3. Click Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 and Internet Tools.
  4. Click Add/Remove (Change/Remove in Windows 2000).

View Support.txt for information on available support.

Notes: Netscape-style plug-ins are not supported on Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 (ref: KB article: Q303401 ). Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 still supports the Netscape Embed tag, which enables you to use components that achieve the same functionality as when they were built as Netscape-style plug-ins, but that are now built on ActiveX® technologies. If you want to continue to use existing Netscape-style plug-ins on Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 you should:

bulletContact the manufacturer of your Netscape-style plug-in to inquire whether the manufacturer has a version of the component available that is built on ActiveX technologies.
bulletRewrite existing Netscape-style plug-ins using ActiveX (or dual author to support both Netscape-style plug-ins and ActiveX controls).